Please protect our Leopards
Posted Dec. 12, 2008

We know that at the University of La Verne we are protected. Crime rarely occurs, and, as a relatively small school, we have the luxury of being more secure than larger campuses. However, recently, we at the Campus Times have been hearing of more robberies taking place in the usually quiet town of La Verne. We appreciate all Campus Safety does to protect its students and faculty, but there are a few things we still hope for.

Better lighting—There are areas on campus that are unlit or have dim bulbs that do not really discourage criminals. The parking lot across from Brandt (and diagonal from Founders) very rarely has street lamps lit, and when they are, it is still a dangerously dark area. The parking lot across from the Oaks is also barely lit, creating another unsafe spot on campus.

E-mail alerts from Campus Safety—Students should not have to rely on word of mouth to be updated about potential safety risks on campus. Recent bouts of theft and break-ins have been reported on and around campus, and students and faculty deserve to be notified. Campus Safety should work with the La Verne Police Department to encourage the communication about events concerning safety in the area.

Campus security phones—Although this is a costly measure, it would help a great deal to install emergency phones across campus. This would, we hope, discourage offenders from preying on students and would be another opportunity for Campus Safety to offer its services to students who have to walk to their cars alone, or who feel unsafe in their surroundings.

More Campus Safety officers—Having more members of campus security would also be a reassuring factor for students. Although we realize that there is simply not enough money to hire more campus security at this time, La Verne should remember when the school turns around financially that this would be an area well served by some extra support. If there were more employees in this department, students would not feel as apologetic about getting someone to walk them to their car or reporting events that could be crimes. If the department were larger, the school would know that the administration takes the safety of its members seriously.

Overall, we realize how lucky we are to live in a virtually crime-free zone. However, we have become disappointed hearing of crimes committed on campus that go largely unnoticed. La Verne should acknowledge when crimes do occur, and should work hard to continue keeping the safety record we have had in the past. We just want all our Leopards to be safe.

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